Presentation Hell

Presentation Hell

Have you ever felt like poking your eyes with needles when creating a slide deck? Felt humiliated and deflated after given an important presentation. Or maybe just embarrassed in front of your family and friends because you’re great story fell flat? No one was paying attention. Then you’ve been to Presentation Hell. Post pandemic, we are all making more presentations online than ever before. So, we need new, better skills to raise our presentation game. And, since there are fewer opportunities to speak and meet in person, the stakes are higher. We can’t afford to make a mistake, fall on our face and lose that one precious opportunity to make a 5 star impression. Even from our phones, we are carrying social media posts, pictures, videos, documents everywhere we go. Every time we pull out our phone to show and tell, we are giving a presentation. It’s another chance to make a great impression. All the world is a stage. All the world is a presentation.


September 21, 2023 57 mins

Episode #63 featuring Lauren Plante, Mindset and Life Coach. At Lauren Plante Coaching, Lauren supports purpose-driven professionals in breaking their mental patterns so they can create a life of success AND fulfillment. 

Listen to James Ontra and Lauren Plante talk about methods for overcoming mental patterns such as perfectionism, people pleasing, fears, negative self-talk, and others. 

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Episode #62 featuring Tim Livingston, founder and CEO of Aces Nation. Aces Nation is a sports management software company for performance training and college recruiting. The vision of the company is to transform futures, improve lives and enrich communities through the power of sports.

Listen to James Ontra and Tim Livingston talk about the journey from athlete to agent and everything in between that makes Tim so passionate abo...

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Episode #61 featuring Mark Carpenter, aka the “Chief Storyteller”. Mark's passion is in helping others achieve more of their potential, and he uses his three decades of experience to provide perspective and guidance to others. 

Listen to James Ontra and Mark Carpenter talk about How to Turn Experiences Into Stories that Teach, Lead, and Inspire.

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Episode #60 featuring Jacqueline Farrington, Author and Founding Director of the Farrington Partners. The Farrington Partners provide customized executive coaching and consulting services for high-profile leaders and their organizations. Jacqueline has provided communications consulting and coaching services for multinational companies such as Sephora, Fox Sports, Pfizer, Microsoft and other big names. 

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Episode #59 featuring Karl Kroeber, CTO and Co-Founder of Projexion. Projexion is a machine-learning-based "digital twin" for construction managers that analyzes data to predict risk of profitability and prescribes actions to mitigate it in real-time. Karl is known for being a professional and highly skilled software architect that is always looking for interesting problems to solve. 

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Episode #58 featuring John Lynch, CEO of John’s is known for being the fastest growing and most reliable marketplace of safe, predictable, and consistently available cannabis products. John has a 25-year record of driving market growth in consumer packaged goods for major brands such as Coca-Cola, Boston Beer Company, The Gallo Winery, and Zico. Known within the cannabis industry as well, Lynch led the global exp...

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Episode #57 Featuring Wayne Dudding, CEO of OLGS Inc. The Mission for Waynes OLGS inc. is in the name, One Less Gold Star. Waynes company is developing an automated tourniquet system to save lives on the battlefield and during traumatic events at home. Wayne has over 31 years of military service to include over six years of active duty. His primary focus has been on the military since 9/11, both in uniform and as a defense contract...

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Episode #56 featuring Tom Jackobs, Sales Coach and Founder of the Jackobs Effect. Tom has been an entrepreneur for 30+ years, He sold his fitness business which he owned for 9 years to become the Impact Pilot, helping entrepreneurs generate more income through better sales strategy and using stories to sell.

Listen to James Ontra and Tom Jackobs discuss the value equation of having a strong sales process and how to maximize your con...

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Episode #55 featuring Timothy Sabo, Director of Marketing for Krispy Kreme Texas and Senior Director for Brand & Creative for Checkers restaurant. Tim is an award-winning restaurant marketing executive who leverages corporate, creative, and franchise experience to transform brands, increase revenues, and grow market share.

Listen to AlexAnndra Ontra and Tim Sabo talk about Tims journey with Krispy Kreme and Checkers and the ...

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Episode #54 Featuring Richard Newman, Founder of Body Talk and Best Selling Author of Lift Your Impact. Over the past 23 years Richard and his team have trained over 120,000 business leaders around the world, to improve their communication and impact, including one client who gained over $1 Billion in new business in just one year, using the strategies that Richard teaches. 

Listen to James Ontra and Richard Newman chat abo...

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Episode #53 featuring Michelle Walker , Director of BD for Nperspective. Nperspective provides fractional, project-based, or interim CFO services designed to assist clients with cash flow forecasting, strategic planning, assessing the skills of their accounting departments, revamping their organization charts, and formulating their strategies. Nperspective’s mission is to alleviate the pressure on business owners by providing them ...

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Episode #52 Featuring Lauren Prager, CEO of Synapse. Synapse connects innovators and entrepreneurs with guidance, access, and resources for success. At Synapse, they believe that connections are the key to accelerate a thriving innovation community. Synapse drives Florida’s economic growth and consistently attracts top talent - now and for generations to come. 

Listen to James Ontra and Lauren Prager chat about what enabled...

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Episode #51 featuring Steven Zanetos, a consultant for Workscapes. Workscapes is a full-service office dealership offering furniture, walls, flooring, architectural products, and space planning. In 25 years, Workscapes has evolved into a multi-million dollar, multiple location enterprise.

Listen to James Ontra and Steven Zanetos talk about what has grown Workscapes into the multi-million dollar enterprise that it is and also the...

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Episode #50 featuring Leah Del Percio, Founder and CEO of Trustate. Trustate is Automated estate operations & trust funding in an easy-to-use platform. Trustate takes care of your estate operations, so you can focus on what matters most... your clients. Leah uses her experience as a lawyer prior to launching Trustate to help build the company into the life changing machine that it is.

Listen to James Ontra and Leah Del Perci...

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Episode #49 featuring Neil Vaswani, Founder and CEO of Corestream. Corestream transforms voluntary benefits for the human resource management industry to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. With more than 14 years of experience in the benefits industry, Neil installed and managed voluntary benefit solutions for numerous organizations, including Pfizer, CVS, Samsung, etc. 

Listen to AlexAnndra Ontra and Neil Vaswa...

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Episode #48 featuring Fabrizio Zambrano, Founder of Fabrizio & Sons Marble & Granite Restoration. Fabrizio is a world class granite and marble retailer with decades of experience in perfecting his craft. Frabrizio took his knowledge within the field and turned it into a powerful second generation family business.  

Listen to James Ontra and Fabrizio Zambrano talk about the evolution of modern day marketing and ...

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Episode #47 featuring Logan Higuera, Founder of Open Ocean. Open Ocean helps streamline the way entrepreneurs navigate the journey by making sure they’re aware of the support and resources that are available to them. Open Ocean is “built to enable organizations to deliver inclusive and easy support more efficiently and effectively”. 

Listen to James Ontra and Logan Higuera talk about what defines true entrepreneurship and h...

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Episode #46 featuring Katie Trott, who is a partner at Foundry Commercial. Foundry Commercial provides both strategic and tactical advisory services to office and industrial occupiers of commercial real estate. 

With over 20 years of commercial real estate experience, listen to Katie Trott and James Ontra talk about why now is the time to be in Tampa.

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Episode #45 featuring Jake Henry, CEO and Founder of Lectra Tech. Lectra Tech is a wearables company that is helping pave the path to recovery through conductive therapeutic tape, and recovery analytics. Through personal motivation, Jake’s mission with Lectra Tech is to revolutionize muscle rehabilitation by providing accessible and connective solutions

Listen to Alexanndra Ontra and Jake Henry talk about what motivated him to p...

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Episode #44 featuring Billie Shepard. Billie is a coach for corporate speakers and runs her own company “Billie Shepard & Associates”. Billie has been a presentation coach, professional actor, and acting coach for decades. As founder of Billie Shepard & Associates, she has leveraged her unique presentation training, transforming corporate executives, engineers, financial analysts, HR professionals and all types of public sp...

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